In years past, Airlines PNG has provided a ticket for the patient and their parent to travel from Lae to POM and then back to us in Hagen. This year when Susan contacted them, she was told that we wouldn't be able to count on the free tickets this year, but one of the staff, Fiona, wanted to help and said she would get back to her. Praise God Fiona was able to find some businesses which were willing to help out, and we have enough money for 5 kids and their parents to go to POM. 5 just happens to be the number of kids who need to go this year, which Fiona didn't know when she told Susan how much money had come in.
Pray for the 5 kids and their families. I know the names of 2 - Rose, pictured on the R, who has just the cutest smile. She has a PDA - patent ductus arteriosus, where a connection between the blood that leaves to go to the lungs and to the rest of the body still exists from utero. Abel (seriously is the 2nd twin and his brother's name is Cain, but Cain isn't sick) has TOF or Tetralogy of Fallot. TOF is pretty bad, there are 4 defects that together cause Abel's body not to get oxygenated blood, and so his saturation is in the 60s most of the time. Pray that they might be able to get surgery.
Pray for their families to find the money they need to get to Lae. Pray for the doctors to have wisdom in choosing who they are able to operate on. Pray that any of our kids who qualify would be able to go and there wouldn't be any problems with the tickets or money issues for the patient in POM getting food and what not. Pray that while the child and parent are away from the rest of their family while in Lae or POM, that they would know that God is watching over them all.
If anyone would like contribute to help out these kids, or future heart kids you can send a check to General Treasurer Church of the Nazarene, mark "Work of Susan Myers - PNG - Heart Help" Send this to P.O. Box 843116, Kansas City, MO 64184.